If he had his way, would Mo be pitching in the playoffs?

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Remember that whole bit from back in July, where Mariano Rivera‘s doctor said that the closer could pitch again this year? Brian Cashman shot down that report soon after, basically ending our hopes of seeing Mo before 2013. Earlier this week Cashman reiterated his stance, but in doing so he told a story that I haven’t seen anyone report.

In August [Rivera] threw in the Yankee Stadium outfield in front of pitching coach Larry Rothschild.

“He went out there on his own earlier [in August] and caused a ruckus,” Cashman said. “We had to smoke him on that: ‘What the hell are you doing? Now all these guys think you’re coming back.’ The doctor — his doctor, the surgery doctor — was like, ‘Stop! What are you doing?’ “

I have to think that if MO had his way, he’d be on the ALDS roster ready to close out Sunday’s game.

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  • Austin Aunelowitzky

    That’s awesome.

  • Eddard reboot v.1.0

    And why wouldn’t they let him have his way? Who is holding Mo back? Nothing is guaranteed. The Phillies thought they’d have a lot of WS appearances with their pitching. The Dodgers were expected to be a playoff team with their additions. If Mo wants to pitch, let him pitch, because he could get injured against next year or the Yanks might not make the playoffs. Nothing is guaranteed.

    • whozat

      Professional athletes would do all sorts of stupid things if you let them have their way. Someone needs to be the adult in the room and tell them that they’re too hurt to help the team.

      If Mo’s surgeon is like “WAT? OH GOD STOP!” I think that the team is right to tell Mo to shut it down.

    • Ed

      Remember what happened when Teixiera came back too soon from his hamstring pull? Pulled it again, and reset his recovery time.

      Picture the same thing, except with a second surgery thrown in.

      • RetroRob

        …and when Andy Pettitte tried to come back, injuring his foot and delaying his return.

        Athletes are the worst when it comes to these things.

      • velocitee

        Or you know his calf.

  • Chip Off the Ol’Knoblauch

    Well at that rate, I half expect him to sneak into the bullpen wearing Soriano’s jersey.

    • split-finger

      If on the boss was still alive.

    • Bo Knows

      Mo is an master of disguise….who knows he might have already used his Jedi powers to trick everyone.

      “This is not the pitcher your looking for” (points to Soriano) “Look there he is, go get him!”

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    this is interesting. i really think most yankee fans would feel more comfortable with mo coming out of the bullpen with a cane than any other reliever we have, not saying the relievers are bad, mo is just mo

  • http://yanksgoyard.com/ Joe F

    100% agreed.

  • RetroRob

    Unfortunately, Mo’s desire to come back may have actually hurt his chances of coming back. He forced the Yankees to shut him down with no room for doubt.

  • jim p

    It’s ALL part of Mo’s plan. Just trust.